POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY- HIGH SCHOOL EDITION
Poem In Your Pocket Day (PYID) is celebrated every year during National Poetry Month.
From the League of Poets website:
“On PIYP Day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, coffee shops, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #PocketPoem.”
I was thinking about all the digital options available for accessing poetry and how our phones can fit in our pockets and then it occured to me that selecting a poem on a social media platform and then sharing said poem on your socials is literally “a poem in your pocket”.
Here are some fantastic sources for poetry:
Button Poetry is very active on all social media platforms, including TikTok and Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. If you click the link above and then scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can find all the links. They share amazing spoken word poetry on TikTok.
Publishers of the magazine POETRY. They are active on instagram, and have a podcast called “Audio Poem of the Day”.
Brett is a high school ELA teacher, and each year in March he tweets and blogs about poetry – leading up to Poetry Month. You can find this year’s tweets here.
Poets.org is active on Twitter and has a poem-a-day section on their website. They tweet using the hashtag #poemaday
On their website, you will find selections of poems for Poem-in-your-Pocket Day for the past 6 years.
With all these options, I can guarantee that your students will not only find a poem that speaks to them, but will be excited to share that poem to the world. And, don’t forget to use the hashtag #pocketpoem!